|By Bhas Kunju
16-year-old Singapore midfielder Adam Swandi has completed a move to FC Metz, after signing a two-year deal with the French club.
Adam attended several training stints with European clubs recently, including brief stays at Newcastle United and Chelsea in England, and Atletico Madrid of Spain.
The move to Metz comes after a similar 10-day training camp at Metz the young player attended earlier this year.
Adam will undergo training at the club's youth academy and turn out for the U-19 team in the Championnat National youth competitions, while furthering his studies as well.
In a statement released via Football Associaton of Singapore (FAS), the National Football Academy (NFA) Under-16 captain said: “FAS helped arrange the training attachments and allowed me to gain good exposure. I was able to learn a lot at top European clubs"
"I am both humbled and honoured to have been singled out by some coaches and clubs in Europe and after much consideration, I have decided to take up FC Metz’s offer because I liked what I saw and experienced and the fact that FC Metz is a club renowned for its youth academy.
"I am definitely looking forward to further develop my footballing capabilities as well as academic studies at the club.”
Youth Development Manager Akbar Nawas, who accompanied Adam during his initial stay at FC Metz added: “I hope FAS can secure additional resources which will enable more players and coaches to undergo attachment stints at clubs in Europe. This will in turn raise the level of knowledge and capabilities of our players and coaches."
FAS President Mr Zainudin Nordin also added: “FAS is pleased to have secured this invaluable opportunity for Adam to train and study at FC Metz. We believe the two-year stint at the club will benefit both Adam and local football. We will support Adam in his pursuit of both footballing and academic successes, and we hope this will further inspire other youth players to work hard and raise their game to the next level.”
Adam Swandi will depart for Paris, France, on Sunday night 1115pm via Air France flight AF257.
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